18,000 apps in Marketplace

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After an apparent slow-down last week, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has bounded to 18,000 in less than 6 days, standing at 18042 at the time of writing, according to WP7Applist.com.  At this rate Marketplace should hit 20,000 apps in the first week of June.

All is however not sunshine and roses, with the effect of Microsoft’s relaxation of policies being clearly felt with the number of low-utility and single purpose apps in Marketplace at present, with examples such as MagiCode Unlimited’s huge number of Quote apps and Hillword Apps’s My MP apps.

Do our readers feel these apps are legitimate, and that boosting the app count at the cost of hundreds of near identical apps is a worthwhile goal, or is Marketplace being senselessly polluted? Let us know below.

Thanks xin sun and Agha for the tip.

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